<TD WIDTH="25%"> not supported: Why not?

R. Nortman (rnortman@tezcat.com)
Thu, 29 May 1997 17:37:10 -0500 (CDT)

Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 17:37:10 -0500 (CDT)
From: "R. Nortman" <rnortman@tezcat.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: <TD WIDTH="25%"> not supported: Why not?
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.970529173003.3467C-100000@xochi.tezcat.com>

Apologies if this has been covered before; I just joined this list.  I
searched the archives and found nothing.

In the HTML 3.2 spec, percentages are not allowed for cell width
specifications, only raw pixel values.  It seems that this is contrary
to the de-emphasis on physical markup -- how am I supposed to know how
wide a particular user keeps his browser window?  It would seem to me
that specifying cell widths as a percentage of total table width is
more appropriate.  The <hr> tag sets this precedent by allowing width
to be specified as a percentage of page width, _or_ as fixed pixel

So is this an oversight, as it seems, or was there a reason to leave
it out?

Thanks for any insight,

Randall Nortman